Deseret First Duel


Highlighting Utah’s largest competition

Deseret First Duel: Year 12

In 2007 Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Deseret First Credit Union partnered to create the Deseret First Duel, a celebration of one of the nation’s oldest and most spirited college rivalries. The 2018-19 season of the Deseret First Duel marks the twelfth anniversary of this exciting competition.

Previously there had been no established series to recognize the overall athletic supremacy of the Cougars or Utes. The university that wins the Deseret First Duel each year has its name permanently engraved on large granite monuments located at both schools and holds bragging rights for the following year and beyond.

Utah Utes men's tennis team holding a check from Deseret First for $1000
BYU women's basketball team with their arms together, cheering as they won

How does the Duel work?

BYU and Utah compete against each other in up to 12 sports each season. They include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s swimming. Points are awarded to the school that wins each game, meet, or match. More importantly, the school that wins the head-to-head competition in each sport is also awarded $1,000 by Deseret First Credit Union for its student-athlete scholarship fund. The university that wins the most points at the end of the season will receive an additional $5,000 from Deseret First for its athletic scholarship fund.

Deseret First Credit Union is proud to sponsor the outstanding athletic programs of both universities and the energetic rivalry between them. The Deseret First Duel is a recognition of the training, determination, and competition of student-athletes and the universities they represent.

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BYU’s wins:

  1. 2008
  2. 2010
  3. 2011
  4. 2012
  5. 2016
U of U block red U logo

U of U’s wins:

  1. 2009
  2. 2013
  3. 2014
  4. 2015
  5. 2017
  6. 2018

The Rivalry Cup

Last season’s Rivalry Cup was held on Thursday July 26th, 2018. Many BYU and Utah coaches, fans, and players and even the mascots came out for a fun day of golf together to support the Deseret First Duel and Deseret First Charitable Foundation. Thanks to all who came to help us have a great day of golf and to kick-off a new Duel Season.

CEO Shane London with Utah and BYU golfers

2018-19 Deseret First Duel Schedule


Schedule for each sports' Deseret First Duel game
DateGameDuel PointsBYUUtah
Sep 07, 7:00pmWomen's Soccer @ UTAH330
Sep 13, 7:00pmWomen's Volleyball @ BYU330
Nov 24, 8:00pmFootball @ UTAH505
Dec 08, 12:00pmMen's Basketball @ VIVINT330
Dec 08, 7:00pmWomen's Basketball @ UTAH303
Jan 11, 7:00pmWomen's Gymnastics @ BYU303
Jan 12, 5:30pmMen's Tennis @ BYU330
Jan 26, 11:00amMen's Swimming/Diving @ UTAH303
Jan 26, 11:00amWomen's Swimming/Diving @ UTAH303
Mar 16, 12:00pmWomen's Tennis @ BYU303
April 2, 6:00pmBaseball @ UTAH0--
April 9, 6:00pmBaseball @ BYU0--
May 1, 6:00pmSoftball @ BYU3--
May 14, 6:00pmBaseball @ UTAH3--
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